Soil moisture levels are high across Illinois
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[April 23, 2014]
CHAMPAIGN — Soil moisture levels
in Illinois were high in the middle of April, according to Jennie
Atkins, program manager for Water and Atmospheric Resources
Monitoring at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research
Institute, University of Illinois.
Soil moisture levels at 2 inches averaged 37 percent by volume
across the state on April 14, just at the field capacity for most of
the soils measured. The highest levels were measured in southern
Illinois, with an average of 43 percent by volume. Fairfield and
Dixon Springs State Park, both of which received significant
rainfall earlier in the week, averaged levels of 49 percent by
volume on April 14.
Conditions were slightly wetter at the deeper
depths, averaging 41 percent by volume at 20 inches and 44 percent
at 59 inches.
Soil temperatures have declined slightly with the cooler weather
this week. Soil temperatures at 4 inches under bare soil averaged
51.3 degrees F across the state on April 14, 7 degrees less than on
The Illinois State Water Survey's WARM program collects hourly
and daily weather and soil information at 19 stations across the
state. Daily and monthly summaries are available at the WARM
website and in the
Water and Climate Summary.
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Maps of soil temperatures and moisture levels are also available
at the WARM
[Text from file received from
State Water Survey]
The Illinois State Water Survey at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of the
Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in Illinois
concerned with water and atmospheric resources.